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    Posted June 22, 2014 by
    Bellingham, Washington
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    Guns and children

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    It's not only our right, but our responsibility and duty


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ben Kinney said, "I strongly believe that teaching children to handle toy guns in the same way as real guns is important. Following a few simple rules at home with toys is the first step."

    Kinney is a gun owner from Bellingham, Washington, who feels the lack of education and irresponsible gun storage is to blame for child related gun accidents.
    - taliaday, CNN iReport producer

    No matter your feelings on guns.  It's your responsibility to your family to get them at least basic training.


    If we don't train our families how to handle, shoot, and disarm firearms then when a firearm shows up in a situation they will be in danger or become the ones accidentally causing the harm.   Being afraid of firearms and ignorance on how to handle them responsibly kills more Americans than all mass shootings combined.


    Our parents taught us from a early age to respect, handle, and obey the basic rules of firearms.   That will save more lives than gun control unless the 2nd amendment is revoked.


    Education is where safety has to start.   I was raised to respect firearms and handle them with care.   I enjoy taking adults and children alike out to the range in order to demystify firearms and teach them to respect, appreciate, and most of all handle them with care.


    It is highly likely that most adults and lots of children will run across a firearm at some point.   Knowing what to do when that firearm is found could mean the difference between life and death.   The right thing to do is always not to touch and find an adult, however when others around you are handling firearms already teaching children and adults how to handle and disarm a firearm can save lives. 

    Teaching children to handle toy guns in the same way as real guns is important.   Following a few simple rules at home with toy firearms is the first step.

    1.  Never point a gun at another person

    2.  Never point a gun at yourself

    3.  Assume that all guns are loaded

    4.  When you set a gun down make sure the barrel is pointed in a safe direction and away from others.

    5.  When you hand someone a gun make sure the barrel is pointed in a safe direction

    6.  Never leave a gun out in the open (consider storing toy guns in a safe place where children have to return them after playing


    Enjoy our rights but be safe and start education on firearms early.

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